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Yellow sliotars could soon become the norm

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http://hoganstand.com/Article/Index/278327?county=National

I didn't see yesterday's Fenwick Classic in Boston, so can't comment on the new yellow sliotar. But, I have often found it difficult to follow the trajectory of the sliotar when watching matches on TV. Hopefully this will improve the visibility.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - 20/11/2017 18:05:00    2063121

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Yellow footballs are often used for National League games played under lights and definitely helps visibility.

Moyle (Tipperary) - 21/11/2017 00:11:47    2063144

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I'm all for it.Much easier to follow the yellow ball.

Condorman (Dublin) - 21/11/2017 11:46:28    2063163

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Awful easy to lose a white sliothar behind the goals or even leave behind on the pitch after training. This could be a good move.

keeper7 (Longford) - 21/11/2017 16:18:59    2063187

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I was wondering why and when tennis changed from a white to a yellow ball. It's similar to hurling in that it has a fast moving small ball. This is what I found after searching on the net:

Prior to 1972, tennis was played with white balls when viewers would tune into the sport on black and white TVs.
The monocolour pictures meant the white ball was easy to spot against the dark colour of the grass court.
But as more and more TV viewers started splashing out on colour sets, sports broadcasters noticed that audiences were having trouble picking out the ball on screen. So in 1972, it was decided that tennis balls should be switched to a new, brighter, more fluorescent colour. A whole host of colours were trialled in research to see which ones were the most visible on colour TV, including ones that were bright orange and neon pink. But in the end, the study found that the colour 'optic yellow' was the best for TV audiences to pick out.

It begs the question. Why has the GAA taken over 45 years to realise this?

Cockney_Cat (UK) - 21/11/2017 18:32:07    2063207

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "I was wondering why and when tennis changed from a white to a yellow ball. It's similar to hurling in that it has a fast moving small ball. This is what I found after searching on the net:

Prior to 1972, tennis was played with white balls when viewers would tune into the sport on black and white TVs.
The monocolour pictures meant the white ball was easy to spot against the dark colour of the grass court.
But as more and more TV viewers started splashing out on colour sets, sports broadcasters noticed that audiences were having trouble picking out the ball on screen. So in 1972, it was decided that tennis balls should be switched to a new, brighter, more fluorescent colour. A whole host of colours were trialled in research to see which ones were the most visible on colour TV, including ones that were bright orange and neon pink. But in the end, the study found that the colour 'optic yellow' was the best for TV audiences to pick out.

It begs the question. Why has the GAA taken over 45 years to realise this?"
Possibly because hurling is played on a field and not in a sitting room through a screen!

Seriously though....I'd be old fashioned in the sense I don't like too many drastic changes but I think this would definitely be worth a try.
Personally as someone who doesn't have brilliant vision I find it difficult at times especially on clear days. Worth a try using a phased approach to be fair on the sliothar manufacturers too

tiobraid (Tipperary) - 22/11/2017 13:43:23    2063269

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Yellow sliothar with a tracer showing the flight of the ball..........

Mayonman (Galway) - 08/12/2017 22:32:30    2064713

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Replying To Mayonman:  "Yellow sliothar with a tracer showing the flight of the ball.........."
:D

realdub (Dublin) - 09/12/2017 01:10:02    2064721

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Or a round neon light, that would be cool, some space age looking helmets and silver hurls, be like tron :D

realdub (Dublin) - 09/12/2017 01:11:37    2064722

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Replying To Mayonman:  "Yellow sliothar with a tracer showing the flight of the ball.........."
And flashing LED lights in the sliotar. It'd be cool of they could have it explode randomly during the game too. Add a bit of unpredictability. TJ Reid bearing down on goal, throws it up to strike and boom it's blows up, making smithereens of his hurl.

WanPintWin (Galway) - 09/12/2017 09:30:40    2064727

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